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Combat Firing with Hand Guns

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Combat Firing with Hand Guns

Published 1944

A Film Bulletin outlining proper procedures for aiming, firing, etc... of hand guns.

Run time 17 min.
Production Company U.S. War Department
Audio/Visual sound, black & white
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Reviewer: Jeff Tabor - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 17, 2013
Subject: A great introduction to point shooting.
As pointed out, this demonstrates the shooting techniques promoted by W.E. Fairbairn, E.A. Sykes and Rex Applegate. Another essential film for the student of combat shooting.
Reviewer: fluzwup - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 19, 2011
Subject: Film Bulletin 152
This film bulletin covers the handgun shooting techniques developed by W. E. Fairbairn while he was head of training for the Shanghai police in the early 20th century. His techniques were then taught to the SOE, and passed on via Rex Applegate to the US OSS. Applegate was involved in the production of this video.

This video covers three distinct methods for shooting with a handgun; two handed prone aimed fire for long range (50 yards) targets, two handed kneeling aimed fire medium range (25 yards) targets, and one hand unsighted point shooting for near range (15 yards or less) targets. It demonstrates the technique of firing a rapid two-shot "burst" to increase the probability of a hit, a technique now called a "double-tap".
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